EXAMPLE Solo 1: BRAD Paisley StYle
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[Bars 1-4] We begin with some A Mixolydian mode action (A-B-C#-D-E-F#-G). The country twist here is to replace all the notes that are possible with open strings, allowing each note to bleed through to create a harp or pedal-steel like colour ful ringing effect. As with much of the material presented here, the best way to approach string crossings is with a combination of pick and second or third fingers throughout and don’t be afraid to really pluck at the strings for extra snap, crackle and pop. [Bars 5-8] More pick and fingers ‘hybrid-picking’ here. The combination of mute and cluck in bar 7 is achieved by palm muting the notes on the fifth string while twanging the note on the third string with the second finger. [Bars 9-12] We bring our first solo to a conclusion with the combination of some rapid A Blues scale finger work (R-b3-4-b5-6-b7) and chromatic ‘sonic shape’ tricker y - which literally means shifting the exact same motific idea down and across the fretboard one fret at a time until reaching a suitable musical resolution in bar 13. From a picking perspective, I’d suggest a repeated pattern of pick, second and third fingers here.